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June 16, 2017 11:52 AM
Dan Cleary: Calls it a career
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Cleary announced his retirement Wednesday, TSN reports.

Hailing from Newfoundland, Cleary enjoyed an illustrious NHL career with the bulk of his playing time spent in Detroit, winning the Stanley Cup with them in 2008. Cleary produced 165 goals and 222 assists in 938 career games, which also included time with the Blackhawks, Oilers, and Coyotes. The winger was adept in all three zones, and his relentless style of play fit perfectly with the blue-collar vibe of Motown. Despite signing a one-year deal with AHL Grand Rapids ahead of last season, he didn't end up reporting to the club, which seems rather unfortunate since they just claimed the 2017 Calder Cup.

September 23, 2016 11:16 PM
Red Wings' Dan Cleary: Will rejoin Griffins on one-year contract
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Cleary signed a one-year deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL on Friday, Pete Wallner of MLive.com reports.

Cleary was brought back to the Red Wings on a professional tryout agreement last week but the organization has now chosen to send him to the AHL. The 37-year-old played last year with the Griffins and tallied 15 points over 35 contests. Now in his second consecutive year in the minors, it seems likely the 10-year veteran has played his last NHL game.

September 17, 2016 06:32 PM
Red Wings' Dan Cleary: Signs PTO with Red Wings
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Cleary will join the Red Wings on a professional tryout agreement (PTO), Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Cleary's numbers have steadily declined since a career-best 2010-11 campaign, as he's tallied 46, 33, 15, eight, and two points respectively in his last five seasons. Now at 37 years old and a year removed from professional hockey, it seems probable Cleary's role would merely be depth at forward if he were to get signed long term.

October 9, 2015 01:57 PM
Detroit Redwings' Dan Cleary won't report to minors
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Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary will not report to the minors, MLive.com reports.

Cleary refused an assignment to AHL Grand Rapids, so it appears the 36-year-old will instead opt for retirement. He signed a one-year deal in September but failed to earn a spot on the NHL roster out of camp. If Cleary does, indeed, opt for retirement, his entire salary for the season ($950,000) will not count against the cap.

October 8, 2015 02:39 PM
Detroit Redwings' Dan Cleary Clears waivers Thursday
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Clearly cleared waivers Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The Red Wings are not sure if Cleary will report to AHL Grand Rapids, but in any event, he will not join the team for their season-opening trip in California. The 36-year-old winger, who played in just 17 games with the Wings last season, may be seriously considering retirement following this latest development.

October 8, 2015 02:39 PM
Detroit Redwings' Dan Cleary Clears waivers Thursday
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Clearly cleared waivers Thursday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The Red Wings are not sure if Cleary will report to AHL Grand Rapids, but in any event, he will not join the team for their season-opening trip in California. The 36-year-old winger, who played in just 17 games with the Wings last season, may be seriously considering retirement following this latest development.

October 7, 2015 12:45 PM
Put on waivers Wednesday
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Cleary was placed on waivers Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.The 36-year-old has spent the last 10 seasons with the Red Wings. However, he played in just 17 games last season, scoring one goal and one assist during that time. It's unclear what the next step is for the veteran forward who's lost more than one step over the past few years.

September 25, 2015 01:20 PM
Wings' Cleary To See Preseason Action Saturday
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Cleary is expected to play Saturday in Boston, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.Cleary has a reduced role with the Wings sending a younger field of talent on the ice these days. He's a veteran part-timer that should put his leadership hat on for that inexperienced group. Cleary pitched in just two points last year.

June 1, 2015 04:01 PM
Cleary is expected to play Monday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.With Joakim Andersson (illness) a late scratch, Cleary will be available as the center's replacement. Cleary has not played in nearly a month and has two points and two penalty minutes in only 12 appearances this season.
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Cleary is expected to play Monday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.With Joakim Andersson (illness) a late scratch, Cleary will be available as the center's replacement. Cleary has not played in nearly a month and has two points and two penalty minutes in only 12 appearances this season.

June 1, 2015 04:25 PM
With Tomas Jurco still out, Cleary should be back in the lineup Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.Cleary has two points in 11 contests this season, as he has not been in the lineup unless injuries have occurred. Jurco should be back later in the week, so Cleary's time in the lineup may be short-lived.
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With Tomas Jurco still out, Cleary should be back in the lineup Tuesday, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.Cleary has two points in 11 contests this season, as he has not been in the lineup unless injuries have occurred. Jurco should be back later in the week, so Cleary's time in the lineup may be short-lived.

June 2, 2015 05:20 AM
Cleary assisted on a late goal in Tuesday's 5-0 victory over Columbus to get his second point in four games.Cleary played less than nine minutes, but did pick up a point in the process. Cleary has really only played when Pavel Datsyuk has missed time, so when Datsyuk returns, Cleary will likely go back to being a healthy scratch.
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Cleary assisted on a late goal in Tuesday's 5-0 victory over Columbus to get his second point in four games.Cleary played less than nine minutes, but did pick up a point in the process. Cleary has really only played when Pavel Datsyuk has missed time, so when Datsyuk returns, Cleary will likely go back to being a healthy scratch.

June 2, 2015 05:37 AM
Cleary will make his season debut Wednesday against the Rangers, MLive.com reports.Chronic knee issues cost Cleary the second half 2013-14, but he has been a healthy scratch for the Red Wings' first 12 games of this season. With the team coming off back-to-back losses, coach Mike Babcock has decided to tweak his lineup, inserting the 35-year-old Cleary in for Tomas Jurco. Cleary has notched 164 goals, 221 assists and 486 penalty minutes in 921 career games.
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Cleary will make his season debut Wednesday against the Rangers, MLive.com reports.Chronic knee issues cost Cleary the second half 2013-14, but he has been a healthy scratch for the Red Wings' first 12 games of this season. With the team coming off back-to-back losses, coach Mike Babcock has decided to tweak his lineup, inserting the 35-year-old Cleary in for Tomas Jurco. Cleary has notched 164 goals, 221 assists and 486 penalty minutes in 921 career games.

June 2, 2015 06:12 AM
Cleary is expected to serve as a healthy scratch in Thursday's opener against the Bruins, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.The Red Wings brought Cleary back on a good-faith deal in the offseason, but he provides most of his value in the locker room rather than on the ice. If he's not a regular healthy scratch for the Red Wings most nights, he'll be little more than a fourth-liner.
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Cleary is expected to serve as a healthy scratch in Thursday's opener against the Bruins, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.The Red Wings brought Cleary back on a good-faith deal in the offseason, but he provides most of his value in the locker room rather than on the ice. If he's not a regular healthy scratch for the Red Wings most nights, he'll be little more than a fourth-liner.

June 2, 2015 06:34 AM
Cleary says his knee problems are behind him and he's ready for a bounceback campaign after his worst season with the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.Cleary signed for less to stay with Detroit but didn't end up doing much, with only eight points in 52 games. Cleary was a fairly strong producer for the Red Wings for several years, but at 35, is more of a veteran depth winger.
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Cleary says his knee problems are behind him and he's ready for a bounceback campaign after his worst season with the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.Cleary signed for less to stay with Detroit but didn't end up doing much, with only eight points in 52 games. Cleary was a fairly strong producer for the Red Wings for several years, but at 35, is more of a veteran depth winger.

June 2, 2015 07:44 AM
Cleary has signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings.Coming off a season in which he recorded just eight points in 52 games, Cleary isn't much of a fantasy factor these days, but the 35-year-old will continue to provide the Wings with depth and experience at left wing this coming season.
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Cleary has signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings.Coming off a season in which he recorded just eight points in 52 games, Cleary isn't much of a fantasy factor these days, but the 35-year-old will continue to provide the Wings with depth and experience at left wing this coming season.

June 1, 2015 10:05 PM
Cleary (knee) is still not skating and has no timetable for return, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.Cleary wasn't playing much before he got injured, but with all the Red Wings out, if he was healthy he would likely own a spot in the lineup. When he starts practicing, he should need a couple more days before getting into game shape.
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Cleary (knee) is still not skating and has no timetable for return, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.Cleary wasn't playing much before he got injured, but with all the Red Wings out, if he was healthy he would likely own a spot in the lineup. When he starts practicing, he should need a couple more days before getting into game shape.

June 1, 2015 10:19 PM
Cleary will miss at least one week due to a knee injury, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
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Cleary will miss at least one week due to a knee injury, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

June 1, 2015 10:56 PM
Cleary will play Sunday against the Panthers, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.The expectation was that Cleary would watch from the press box Sunday, but after Henrik Zetterberg was scratched with an upper-body injury, Cleary received word that he will play after all. The 35-year-old has just one goal and one assist in his last 15 games.
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Cleary will play Sunday against the Panthers, Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports.The expectation was that Cleary would watch from the press box Sunday, but after Henrik Zetterberg was scratched with an upper-body injury, Cleary received word that he will play after all. The 35-year-old has just one goal and one assist in his last 15 games.

June 1, 2015 10:56 PM
Cleary will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game, the team's official Twitter feed reports.Cleary has largely been a disappointment this season, with only eight points in 50 games. With Johan Franzen returning to the lineup, the Red Wings needed to make a decision and Cleary was the least valuable in the lineup, apparently.
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Cleary will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game, the team's official Twitter feed reports.Cleary has largely been a disappointment this season, with only eight points in 50 games. With Johan Franzen returning to the lineup, the Red Wings needed to make a decision and Cleary was the least valuable in the lineup, apparently.

June 2, 2015 04:11 PM
Cleary started Tuesday's game in place of Justin Abdelkader, the Sun Sentinel reports.Abdelkader is still in the lineup, but the wings have opted to go with Cleary to begin the game, as he scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Panthers. On the season, Cleary has recorded just five points in 30 games.
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Cleary started Tuesday's game in place of Justin Abdelkader, the Sun Sentinel reports.Abdelkader is still in the lineup, but the wings have opted to go with Cleary to begin the game, as he scored the team's lone goal in Saturday's loss to the Panthers. On the season, Cleary has recorded just five points in 30 games.